Tuesday, 29 July 2014

New York NY, USA

The American comedy series WILL & GRACE lasted for eight seasons and debuted on 21 September 1998 on NBC.

The last of 184 episodes was broadcasted on 18 May 2006. The show was seen in more than 60 countries and remains popular in reruns. Although largely filmed in front of a studio audience in Los Angeles, the show is set in New York. Several buildings in Manhattan are often shown to indicate where Will, Grace, Karen and Jack live and work. None of the four main characters however are ever seen entering or leaving one of these buildings.

The first shot of the pilot episode is 155 Riverside Drive in Upper West Side Manhattan, the apartment where Will lives on 9C, sometimes with Jack but in most episodes with Grace. The address is printed on the shed above the entrance.

Will & Grace, season 1, episode 14, 0:04:23
Manhattan, New York, 29 August 2006

The office of Grace Adler Designs is located in The Puck Building. The structure dates back from late nineteenth century and occupies a whole block. The front is at 293 Lafayette Street. Above the entrance and on the corner of Houston Street and Mulberry Street are statues of the character the red building was named after, Puck from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’, sculpted by Henry Baerer.

Will & Grace, season 1, episode 18, 0:11:32 
The Puck Building, New York, 29 August 2006
Will & Grace, season 1, episode 2, 0:14:53 
The Puck Building, New York, 29 August 2006
Will & Grace, season 1, episode 12, 0:09:35 
The Puck Building, New York, 29 August 2006

In the second season Will becomes an employee of Doucette & Stein. This law firm has its office in the series in the UBS Building on 1285 Avenue of the Americas in the heart of Manhattan. Just across the street is Radio City Music Hall.

Will & Grace, season 2, episode 14, 0:06:04
UBS Building, New York, 29 August 2006

Screenshots © KoMut Entertainment/Three Sisters Entertainment

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